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Fax Machines

Last Updated: 09/02/19

A product whose primary functions are (1) to scan hard copy originals for electronic transmission to remote units, and (2) to receive electronic transmissions for conversion to hard copy output.

Product Details
  • Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program
Procurement Info

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Life Cycle Cost Savings

Life Cycle Costing (LCC) aims to quantify the financial impact of a product over its entire life cycle to assist consumers in making decisions that will save them money over the long term.

For most applications, energy-efficient fax machines have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that a typical federal agency purchasing 100 Energy Star-qualified fax machines could save $2,600 in energy costs over the life of the machines, compared to less efficient units. Additionally, EPA has estimated that 100 Energy Star-qualified fax machines could avoid between 2,200 and 12,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR office equipment products. For EPEAT-registered products, the Green Electronics Council offers a benefits calculator to quantify the environmental and financial benefits compared to standard products.

Guiding Principles
Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
Additional Guidance

The 2015 Federal Electronic Asset Take-Back Guidance addresses the inclusion of provisions in contracts or leases for manufacturer or reseller take-back of used electronic assets.

The FAR was amended in June 2014 to add clause 52.223-13 Acquisition of EPEAT®–Registered Imaging Equipment, which requires the delivery or supply of EPEAT®–registered imaging equipment.  Refer to FAR 23.705 for prescribed usage of the clause.

Federal buyers must ensure that fax machines meet both Energy Star and FEMP Low Standby Power requirements.

By definition, all EPEAT-registered imaging equipment meets or exceeds the FEMP Low Standby Power 1-watt standby power requirement.

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